Pioneer Players to present 'Eurydice'

February 5, 2016
Eurydice cast

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts Theatre and the Pioneer Players will present Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice.” Performances are Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., Feb. 17-20 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

All performances will be held in the Center for the Arts Theatre at UW-Platteville. 

The Feb. 17 performance at 7:30 p.m. is also the Benefit Wednesday performance. Tickets for the Benefit Wednesday show are $6, and the proceeds go to the Platteville Food Pantry and Family Promise of Grant County. Ticket costs for all other performances are $9 for general admission, $8 for faculty, staff and seniors and $5 for students with a valid ID or anyone under 18.

Described by New York Times critic Charles Isherwood as “devastatingly lovely — and just plain devastating,” Ruhl’s play explores the nature of death, love and grief by putting a modern spin on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. On the day of her wedding, Eurydice falls victim to an accident that sends her into the Underworld. Separated from Orpheus, the greatest musician in the world, Eurydice is reunited with her dead father in the Land of the Dead. Orpheus journeys to retrieve his bride, but Eurydice’s certainty waivers as she must choose between staying with her father and living her life with Orpheus.

“This play is a strange and hauntingly beautiful meditation on grief and loss,” said Dr. Ann Farrelly, associate professor of theatre and the play’s director. “Sarah Ruhl combines her lyrical sensibilities with a well-known myth to illustrate the weirdness of death and sorrow. It is a heartbreaking play that speaks to the soul through poetry and music. The audience is invited to experience the play, not just to watch it.” 

The cast includes UW-Platteville students Sarah McCraw as Eurydice, Logan Eigenberger as Orpheus, Elliott Frieden as Eurydice’s father, Nicholas Varela as the Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld and Emily Cooksey, Rachael Lester and Dakota Vaassen as the chorus of stones.

Behind the scenes, Sarah Strange, resident costume designer, provides the costume design and Jeffrey Strange, assistant professor of theatre, serves as the lighting designer. The rest of the production and design team also consists of UW-Platteville students. Taylor Tieman is the stage manager, Viviana Pereyra is the scenic designer, Charles Gilbert is the sound designer and Grayson Basina acts as the technical director. “This is truly a showcase of our students’ fine work,” said Farrelly.

Tickets may be purchased at the University Box Office in Ullsvik Hall, online at tickets.uwplatt.edu or by calling the University Box Office at 608-342-1298.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The presentation of "Eurydice" aligns with two of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education and enriching the tri-state area.

Formatted by: Jackelyn Johnson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, johnsonjacke@uwplatt.edu

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Pioneer Players Presents "Eurydice"

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